attain

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
at•tain /əˈteɪn/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to come to or arrive at; gain;
    achieve:to attain one's goals.
at•tain•a•bil•i•ty /əˌteɪnəˈbɪlɪti/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]
at•tain•a•ble, adj. 
at•tain•er, n. [countable]See -tain-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
at•tain  (ə tān),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to reach, achieve, or accomplish;
    gain;
    obtain:to attain one's goals.
  2. to come to or arrive at, esp. after some labor or tedium;
    reach:to attain the age of 96; to attain the mountain peak.

v.i. 
  1. to arrive at or succeed in reaching or obtaining something (usually fol. by to or unto):to attain to knowledge.
  2. to reach in the course of development or growth:These trees attain to remarkable height.
at•tainer, n. 
  • Vulgar Latin *attangere (for Latin attingere), equivalent. to Latin at- at- + tangere to touch
  • Anglo-French, Old French ateign- (stem of ateindre)
  • Middle English atei(g)nen 1300–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged secure. See  gain 1.
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged miss.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
attain /əˈteɪn/ vb
  1. (transitive) to achieve or accomplish (a task, goal, aim, etc)
  2. (transitive) to reach or arrive at in space or time
  3. (intransitive) often followed by to: to arrive (at) with effort or exertion
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French ateindre, from Latin attingere to reach, from tangere to touch

atˈtainable adj atˌtainaˈbility, atˈtainableness n
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Collocations: attain your [goals, objectives, dreams], attain [success, proficiency, enlightenment], attain the highest level of [achievement, excellence, recognition], more...

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